My beloved child, you need to embrace the mind-set of My Divine Son Jesus…Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, heedless of its shame. The joy that was set before Him was the great and special blessing that I had laid aside for Him, that He could only appropriate as His Own by patiently enduring the adversity that I allowed… the suffering of the cross. [Father God…Phil 2:5-11]
** **, have you yet fully embraced the truth that the particular blessing I have for you can only be appropriated through the particular suffering I have ordained for you? For the joy set before Christ Jesus My Son…the joy of seeing sinners saved; the joy of reconciling sinners back to God; the joy of restoring your relationship with God that had been severed by sin; the joy of repairing that mirror of the Almighty that God intended for you to be, that had been shattered by sin…He willingly endured the cross with a joyful acceptance because of His Father’s will, heedless of its shame.
Have you yet to understand, and fully embrace, that there is a direct connection between the suffering and the joy? Because of this suffering that I have willed for you to experience, you are filled with a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation of the blessing I am working through you, with you, in you. Your present suffering is the means through which you will receive a great blessing…a blessing that can only be appropriated through the particular suffering I have ordained for you.
Christ Jesus My Son has dedicated the way, by Personal example, for you to follow in His footsteps into My promised rest. You must walk along the Path He walked; it is the Path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self. It is there in Gethsemane’s Garden that you find the Path that leads up to the Gate, which opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies…into My unclouded Presence. It is the only Path that leads up to the Gate, which bears on its header the inscription THY WILL BE DONE. No one can pass through until you first surrender your own free will there to the Gate-keeper. Beloved…you walk along that Path and enter through that Gate solely and only by faith. The way into My promised rest is through your unwavering child-like trust in Me, your unreserved child-like dependence upon Me, and your unquestioning child-like obedience to, and acceptance of, My will.
Beloved…the proof of faith is in living your life in accordance with, or in agreement with, what you say you believe. There are many hundreds of verses in Scripture where I promise My sufficiency to meet every need you may encounter during your lifetime. It is faith alone that embraces these promises, and makes them yours. It is faith alone that enables you to live a tranquil, unruffled life, always living in My unclouded Presence. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord…I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like hinds feet; He gives me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility. [Hab 3:17-19]
And so, My precious child…rest your head against My bosom, and close your eyes. Drift off to sleep here in My arms in an unruffled child-like rest. Abide here with Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy. Don’t you worry; don’t you fret. Don’t be anxious or afraid. Trust in Me with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Watch for Me and wait before Me; look off unto Me and listen for My voice. Acknowledge Me in this way, and I will lead you and guide you by My Holy Spirit. He will place you where you are to be, lead you where you are to go, show you what you are to do to participate in My plans, My purposes, My will for you. He will give you the thoughts you are to think and to present, the words you are to speak or to write. He will direct your paths…if only you would just trust your heart to Me! I will watch over that anxious heart of yours and keep it safe, if only you would just trust Me with it!
Friends, brothers and sisters in Christ…
Is God literally Your Father, and are you literally His child…a child of the Most High God, born by means of a second birth into the Family of God? Jesus Himself made it perfectly clear, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. I Myself am the Resurrection and the Life. Anyone who believes in Me, though dying a physical death like everyone else, will rise again to an eternal life with Me in Heaven.” [John 14:6, 11:25-26] There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless one is born again, he cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
Jesus keep me near the cross: